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Russian servicemen to take part in joint drills in Mongolian desert

August 17, 8:22 UTC+3 ULAN UDE

The Russian side plans to involve more than 100 units of hardware and weapons, including armored infantry carriers and T-72B3 tanks

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ULAN UDE, August 17. /TASS/. Up to 500 Russian and about the same number of Mongolian servicemen will be involved in the Selenga 2017 joint Russian-Mongolian military drills in a Mongolian desert, the press service of the Russian Eastern Military District said on Thursday.

"Up to 500 servicemen of the detached motorized rifle unit deployed in the town of Kyakhta, the Republic of Buryatia, will take part in the international exercises. Selenga’2017 will be held in a training range in Mongolia from August 26 to September 9 to train skill of eliminating illegal armed groups in the Gobi desert," the press service said.

According to the press service, the Russian side plans to involve more than 100 units of hardware and weapons, including armored infantry carriers, T-72B3 tanks, a mortar battery, multiple missile launcher systems BM-21 Grad, etc.

Up to 500 servicemen will take part from Mongolia's side.

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